I’ve been in dog rescue for many years. I can honestly say that I have heard every excuse people have for deciding not to keep their companion dog.
I understand “Things happen”, I do. It’s the amount of commitment on the part of the owners that I have an issue with.
I’ve been in your shoes! I thought there was no alternative. I have learned a lot in my years of dog rescue and I want to pass on that knowledge to you.
I truly believe that most people are simply at a loss about what to do. The easiest thing to do is pass the “problem” onto someone else.
I KNOW how hard it is to find another home for your dog, believe me. I KNOW that dog rescues are overwhelmed with emails and calls to take in problem dogs. I know that rescues and shelters can’t deal with all the dogs in need. It seems everywhere you turn you get a firm, “No”. You *think* you are doing everything you can, but there is more you can do!
Some circumstances are unpredictable and can’t be managed. Most circumstances are only an excuse to rid yourself of the job of being a responsible dog owner. There is always a better solution than surrendering a dog altogether!
Here are some solutions to consider before your dog becomes a shelter statistic.
WE CAN’T AFFORD THE DOG ANYMORE
For people who love their dogs, the animal is like a baby to them. So who gives their children away in times of a financial crunch? Nobody! Of course, planning for pet related costs is ideal before bringing a new dog into your life. Research pet insurance; if that is not possible there are free and low cost pet clinics to consider. If large veterinary bills are an issue, consider a crowd funding site to raise the money.
There are OPTIONS:
Help for Veterinary Care of Your Dog
Another popular reason is moving to a different home. The new home is either not pet friendly or there isn’t enough space for the dog. For many this is an easy time to rid themselves a problem dog. Working on behavioral issues and finding solutions is work. When you have a dog, you need to look for homes that can accommodate your dog along with your family. There are resources available to assist in the search for pet friendly housing. Your dog CAN move with his family if you are willing to do the homework.
There ARE Options: Moving With Your Dog
Hmmm, allergies. Did you know you had allergies when you got the dog? Have you tried allergy management with air purifiers and allergy medications?
It is rare that someone suddenly becomes allergic to their dog. Most often this issue arises from the arrival of a new family member and available options are known.
Try the suggestions:
* Get the person scratch tested to know the actual cause of allergies (it might not be your dog).
* Once the actual allergen is identified, your doctor can prescribe medication or allergy injections to manage the symptoms.
There ARE options:
Allergies and Your Dog and Your Dog Allergies
WE CAN’T HOUSE THE LITTER
I think THIS is my biggest concern! Deciding not to alter your dog (spay or neuter) is something you need to think about. You MUST take the precautions necessary to prevent an “Oops litter”. I love MUTTS, but I do not condone the over population of our communities and shelters by unwanted dogs. If you can’t convince anyone to take the puppies from your unplanned litter it is YOUR responsibility to care for them. This excuse is quite baseless in an era when you can actually stop your dog from reproducing.
Get them neutered and spayed!
Find loving homes for the litter mates.
There are options:
Spay and Neuter Resources
THE DOG IS OLD OR SICK
This is the worst excuse people come up with, but it is still used often. This is a time when your dog needs you the most. Your dog has shared years of your life and has been by your side through the tough times; they need you NOW more than ever! Don’t make excuses; look after your dog!
Hold them tight and give them the gift of a pain free and loving end.
Dog aggression is a problem. I don’t discount that, but the fact is there are options to abandoning a dog that has great potential.
The key is to learning what kind of aggression it is!
There are many cues that a dog gives when they start to get uncomfortable. This issue is that no one recognizes the signs and the behavior escalates to a bite.
* A dog with an aggressive background who is surrendered to a shelter does not stand a chance of getting out alive.
* Use a muzzle and help your dog to be safe around others while you get help.
* Seek out a rehabilitation facility that can help correct your dog’s behavior.
* Find a behaviorist to assist in identifying the type of aggression and what steps can be taken BEFORE the situation gets out of hand.
* Learn about a dog’s body language and how we actually escalate a dog to bite.
A dog with an aggressive background who is surrendered to a shelter does not stand a chance of getting out alive.
So what reason have you mustered up for giving up on your dog?
Most issues can be managed with some commitment from the owner. It is likely the dog won’t be surrendered out of necessity but rather, lack of commitment.
Do you want to do everything YOU can to keep your dog?
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